Bills promote receiver Duke Williams

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The Bills promoted receiver Duke Williams from the practice squad, the team announced Saturday.

Williams, who has never seen action in an NFL regular-season game, will play significant snaps, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN reports.

The Bills had an open roster spot after cutting offensive tackle Conor McDermott on Thursday.

Williams signed as a free agent during the offseason.

He was coming off a career season in the Canadian Football League, where he led the league in receiving yards with 1,579. Williams made 88 receptions and scored 11 touchdowns in 18 games with Edmonton.

Williams made six catches for 53 yards and two touchdowns in preseason games against Carolina and Detroit.

The Bills waived him out of the preseason but signed him back to the practice squad.

Williams, 26, is the seventh receiver on Buffalo’s roster, though Robert Foster is questionable with a groin injury.

14 responses to “Bills promote receiver Duke Williams

  1. Good on Duke. Needed his physicality. Hope he proves himself with this opportunity.

    JoeToronto in 3…2…1…

  2. Hopefully this means the end of the line for Zay jones. doubt it though. McDerrmott went and picked him in the 2nd. just more proof sean doesn’t understand offense. McDerrmott can save face imo if he admits that he made a mistake and gets rid of him. duke will brawl for any contested pass and with JA that pretty much means every one.

  3. That was Whaleys draft. McDermott I’m sure had very little input, specifically on the offensive side of the ball.

    I used to be a big Zay apologist. I felt he got a bad rap for bad QB play, but he has underwhelmed this season. That’s not a pick on the sideline if he does anything but watch the NE defender catch it. He also could have broke off his route to contest the I under thrown one. Either way, he fills a redundant role, and he is the 3rd best at doing it on this roster.

  4. that was McDerrmott`s pick 100%. stop drinking the process kool-aid. if that was whaley`s draft we would have d watson under center right now instead of a project turn over machine.

  5. Yeah, I’m the one drinking the Kool-Aid. I don’t think you know how football operations work if you really think McDermott had anything more than a “Good character guy” input. Whaleys staff was retained through the draft, for the purpose of having the necessary scouting done on the available players. Otherwise, how would a new regime assemble a draft board in ~4 months? Put down the madden controller and join us in the real world.

  6. Tfootball just hated the new regime. Is that Doug Whaley posting???? I get it, offensive choices have been suspect but if you’re a fan of the team you absolutely have to respect the job building the defense. Doubt the offense all you want, they have nailed, absolutely nailed the defensive FA and draft picks. Give credit where it’s due. As far a tour D Watson projection we didn’t exactly have Hopkins and will fuller out there….Allen needs to show something yes but you’re pretty cynical about the coaching staff as a whole

  7. The current Bills regime looks to be doing a good job, but you can’t just blame their bad moves on others, specifically Whaley. The Bills WR coach at the time coached Zay Jones in college. No doubt he convinced McD to trade up and take Jones. Whaley surely gave his input on that draft, but McD was the one calling the shots…evident by Whaley’s firing the day after the draft. If the Bills valued and trusted Whaley’s decision making, they wouldn’t have fired him the day after the draft.

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